We Rented Out Our Home for 5 Weekends This Summer And Here’s How It Went (and What we Earned)

THE FARMHOUSE This summer, we rented out our home for 5 weekend stays (plus one 6-day stay) on Airbnb and Homeaway. I shared why we were doing that here and our first experience with HomeAway here (and some tips for you to rent your own home out here), but I wanted to share a recap now that we're wrapping up our summer rentals. Read on for pros … [Continue reading...]


Happy Friday 8/3/18

Happy Friday! Well we made it to August and I am happy to be here. You too? This weekend marks the last of our Airbnb rentals at the Farmhouse and I'm not sure how I feel about that. There have been a lot of pluses and minuses associated with renting out our primary residence for so many stays this summer (big plus - we're planning a trip to Europe … [Continue reading...]

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Happy Friday 7/27/18 (+ Daphne’s First Birthday!)

Happy Friday! And a very happy first birthday to our baby girl, Daphne Garrett. Can you believe she's already ONE?! Queue the tears for this sentimental mama... Our Farmhouse // Daphne's Bedroom // books // unicorn // rug (on sale!) It's hard to imagine what our family was like before this sweet and fierce girl arrived last July, two weeks … [Continue reading...]


Ravenna House // Tips for Saving Money On a New Roof (We Saved $5k on ours!)

THE RAVENNA HOUSE I hate spending money on roofs. They're not pretty or exciting and they're so expensive. But of course roofs keep you dry and warm so even I can admit, they're worth every penny. We recently got a new roof installed at the Ravenna House and I wanted to share a few tips on the process, what it cost, and how we saved $5k on the … [Continue reading...]


Happy Friday 7/20/18

Happy Friday! Goodness, it's been a hot week here in Washington, and I love it so. We've been picking cherries by the bag full (I think we've finally made a dent in our cherry supply), eating raspberries warm from the vine, and playing in the kiddie pool every chance we get. This photo pretty much sums up summer at the Farmhouse for me. Our … [Continue reading...]


Our Go-To Paint Colors

With paint colors, I'm a minimalist. When I find a color I love, we use it over and over again. In fact, one paint color covers about 75% of the last 3 homes we've renovated, which I'll share in a inute (hint: it's a white). Not only is my color minimalism an if-it-ain't-broken-don't-fix-it situation, but we've also found that sticking to just a … [Continue reading...]


Happy Friday 7/13/18

Happy Friday! We came down to Portland this week for a family wedding and snuck in a few extra days for some summer fun. We drove through the Columbia Gorge (Hood River, you are a new favorite!), spent a day at the beach, and walked 15 miles through Portland with a stroller full of kids. Voodoo Donuts, Powells Books, Deschutes Brewery, and the city … [Continue reading...]

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House Hacking // What to Look for in Your First House

Over the past 10 years, Garrett and I have purchased 6 homes on our journey to become landlords, house-hackers, and early-retires. But we started out like many 20-somethings back in 2008, buying our first home in Seattle to build our life around. the Dexter House renovation // front of house The Wallingford House was an 1000sf fixer with 2 … [Continue reading...]


Happy Friday 7/6/18

Happy Friday! How was your holiday week? Ours was really fun! In fact, our week was so fun that I woke up this morning and realized I never put together today's post. Ha! Better late then never, I suppose ;) One big thing we're working on right now is preparing for the sale of our Ravenna House. That's right, after 4 1/2 years and a … [Continue reading...]